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The NACCHO Podcast Series

The NACCHO Podcast series provides public health professionals with in-depth interviews featuring some of the field's top officials. Listeners can also learn the latest news from Washington, DC with our bi-weekly "Podcast From Washington."
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Jun 10, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Adriane Casalotti discuss the release of President Biden’s first full budget request to Congress. The two dive deeper into Congress’ reception to the budget request and new proposals for public health programs. They also discuss Senate confirmation hearings for President Biden’s nominees to Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talks with Jonathan Hanft, Ryan White Program Coordinator for Hennepin County Public Health, MN, as well as Dr. Minesh Shah, Deputy Country Director of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Ethiopia. They each discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on their HIV programs, as well as the challenges of HIV work during a pandemic. 

May 27, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the reintroduction of the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act by Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO); alongside Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX); Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee; and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Ranking Member. They discuss the next steps for passage and how NACCHO members can help the bill cross the finish line. 

Next, NACCHO Senior Director of Infectious Disease and Informatics Lilly Kan pays tribute to former NACCHO employee James "JR" Ransom, Senior Analyst for Immunization and Infectious Disease Policy, who recently passed. She reflects on his time at NACCHO and all the great work he did in local and global immunization and infectious disease efforts.  

Later in the Program, Ian Goldstein talks with Dr. Ying Ying Goh, Director and Health Officer of the Pasadena Public Health Department. They discuss the Food and Drug Administration's recent Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents 12 - 15 years old. Dr. Goh shares how her local health department is collaborating with schools and other partners to vaccinate children and adolescents. 

May 13, 2021

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest funding announcements from the administration from the American Rescue Plan Act. They also discuss the latest Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) roll back of LGBTQ regulations from the Trump administration.

Later in the program, Ian spoke with members of the New York State Association of County Health Officials about their partnership with the Region 2 Public Health Training Center on their report In-Progress Review of local health departments' response efforts to COVID-19. The team discusses lessons learned from the pandemic and a series of recommended actions for departments, county governments and New York State.

Apr 29, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss President Biden’s first address to Congress. They also discuss the FDA decision to prohibit the sale of menthol flavors in tobacco products, and the Biden Administration’s latest guidelines for medication-assisted treatment.

Later in the program, Ian speaks with Dr. Nisha Nataraj, a statistician on the  Applied Research, Evaluation, and Integration team in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the CDC, and Dr. Mark Roberts, professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh. They discuss their collaborative effort to build the Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiologic Dynamics (FRED) simulator for opioid use disorder and overdose, and how local health departments can use the FRED tool to simulate the disease progression of prescription and illicit opioid use disorder.

Apr 15, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the release of President Biden’s FY2022 Skinny Budget request to Congress. They also review congressional priorities for the next month, and the release of a CDC report that showed an increase in opioid overdose deaths. 

Later in the program, Ian speaks with Susan Pinnock, nursing supervisor for the maternal, child, and family program at the Washington County Health Department. They discuss how maternal and child health programs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and collaborative efforts among maternal and child health programs with infectious disease and preparedness programs. 

Apr 1, 2021
In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest confirmed Biden administration health nominees. They also discuss the Transgender Day of Visibility and funding announcements for local health departments.
 
Later in the program, Ian spoke with two members of the Boston Public Health Commission: Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Division Paul Shoemaker and Program Supervisor for the Environmental and Occupational Health Division Stephanie Seller. They discuss the lead landscape in Boston and how the health department is working with other government agencies and non-profits to eradicate lead poisoning.
Mar 25, 2021

In this week’s special edition of the NACCHO Podcast Series, NACCHO staff members Ian Goldstein and Adele Appiah introduce a collaborative podcast between NACCHO and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to discuss the PRISM Initiative. This episode brings together doulas and Substance Use and Mental Health professionals to discuss the use of doulas to support substance use disorder, recovery, and treatment. Guests for this episode include Amy Chen, senior staff attorney for the National Health Law Program’s Doula Medicaid Project; Joyce Miller and Melinda McMichael, Doula Certified Peer Recovery Specialists; and Jessica Stieger, AMCHP Program Manager of Infant Health.

Mar 18, 2021
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act and the investments it makes in the public health response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond. They also discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investment announced this week to address COVID-19-related health disparities and health equity.
 
Later in the program, Ian talks with Tuberculosis Control Officer at Seattle & King County Public Health Dr. Masa Narita as well as Country Director with the CDC Division of Global HIV/AIDS in Zambia Dr. Simon Agolory. Both guests discuss World TB day and how the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted TB prevention and control efforts both globally and domestically.
Mar 4, 2021

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill currently in the Senate and the testimony of NACCHO President Jennifer Kertanis in last week’s House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Subcommittee hearing.  

 

Later in the program, Ian talks with Adriane Casalotti, NACCHO Chief of Government and Public Affairs, about NACCHO’s first virtual Capitol Hill Week, in which 90 NACCHO members had over 125 meetings with their elected representatives and senators via Zoom and telephone. Adriane and Ian discuss the importance of Capitol Hill Week, as well as the need for sustained advocacy for public health priorities throughout the year. 

Feb 4, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Biden Administration’s proposal for a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, and executive orders signed by President Biden pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, Title X family planning, and climate change. 

Later in the program, Ian sits down with Cathy Ferree, President and CEO of Indiana State Museums, and Dr. Eric Yazel, Health Officer at Clark County Health Department, to talk about the museum’s latest exhibit, designed to raise awareness of the state’s opioid epidemic. The exhibit also features a Naloxone training partnership with the Clark County Health Department. They discuss how the curation was developed and why highlighting the opioid epidemic in Indiana was important to the Indiana State Museums.

Jan 21, 2021

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Executive Orders following the inauguration of Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, and Vice President Kamala Harris. They also discuss the release of $19 billion in COVID-19 mitigation and testing money being sent out via the Epidemiology and Lab Capacity (ELC) Enhancing Detection Expansion grants.  
 
Later in the program, Ian sits down with Kevin McGinnis, program manager of Community Paramedicine, Mobile Integrated Health Care and Rural Emergency Care at the National Association of State EMS Officials. They discuss community paramedicine and how these programs help to prevent older adult falls.  

Jan 7, 2021

In the first Podcast from Washington of 2021, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Senate run-off election in Georgia, and the $22 billion in funding from the CDC for states, localities, and territories in support the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Later in the program, Ian talks about the development of the Healthy People 2030 framework with Captain Paul Reed, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Medicine and Science at HHS. Ian also discusses implementation of Healthy People 2030 with Bryn Manzella, MPH, the Quality Improvement Officer and Director of Quality Improvement at the Jefferson County Department of Health. 

Dec 11, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest bipartisan $908 billion coronavirus relief package unveiled this week and its chances of passing the Senate. They also discuss President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for key federal health agencies.

Later in the program, as part of NACCHO’s observation of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Ian Goldstein spoke with Dr. L.J. Tan, Chief Strategy Officer for the Immunization Action Coalition and Co-Chair for the National Adult Immunization Summit and National Influenza Vaccine Summit. They discussed how this year’s flu season will help prepare the field for the rollout and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the role of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit’s (NAIIS) work to address and resolve influenza immunization issues.

Dec 3, 2020

In this week’s special episode of the NACCHO Podcast Series, Ian Goldstein talks with Adriane Casalotti, NACCHO’s Chief of Government and Public Affairs, about the organization’s transition documents that were submitted to the Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress. They discuss the process for drafting transition documents, as well as how they are used by the new Administration and Congress. Finally, they talk about the negotiations for the next COVID-19 relief package. 

Nov 19, 2020

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss NACCHO recommendations for the incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress. They also discuss the 12 appropriations bills introduced in the Senate last week.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein speaks with Lisa Harrison, Local Health Director for Granville-Vance District Health Department and NACCHO Board member. They discuss how her small local health department is managing the coronavirus pandemic and how vital federal funding is to the effort. They also discuss how Granville-Vance is preparing for a mass vaccination event.

Nov 5, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the outcome of the 2020 election and the balance of power in Congress. They also discuss the election implications for the agenda of the 117th Congress.

Later in the program, Ian interviews Dr. Michael Sells, PhD, MS, CHES, Public Health Advisor on the Advancing Population Health Team of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC to discuss the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension. They discuss the need for greater hypertension control and explore evidence-based interventions that can be implemented, adapted, and expanded in diverse settings across the U.S.

Oct 22, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest negotiations for another coronavirus relief package. They also discuss an imminent COVID-19 vaccine rollout and how NACCHO is working to ensure local health departments receive the federal resources they need.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein interviews Director for Public Health Seattle-King County Patty Hayes, RN, MN and Program Associate at the Big Cities Health Coalition Gabrielle Nichols. They discuss Public Health Seattle-King County’s response to multiple crises including COVID-19 outbreaks, smoke from neighboring wildfires, and civil unrest due to the ongoing impacts of racism. 

Oct 8, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the continuing resolution passed by Congress to avert a government shutdown. They also discuss HEROES 2.0 passed by the House, and two House “Dear Colleague” letters that garner support for local public health.

Later in the program, Ian sits down with Rear Admiral Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC, to discuss the Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. They discuss the development of a comprehensive framework to balance the necessary provision of non-COVID-19 medical services while minimizing risk to patients and healthcare personnel during the pandemic. Rear Admiral Thompson also highlights key considerations local health departments and healthcare systems should consider when managing cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 24, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the approaching end of the fiscal year on September 30, and how Congress intends to keep the government funded. They also discuss the forecast for a coronavirus relief package that will benefit local health departments. Finally, they discuss the imminent rollout of a coronavirus vaccine.

Later in the program, Ian sits down with Karla Feeser, NACCHO’s Senior Research Analyst; Dr. Jacquelynn Orr, Program Officer for Research Evaluation and Learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  and Dr. Sergey Sotnikov, Economist at the Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the CDC to discuss the findings of NACCHO’s 2019 Local Health Department Profile Study. They discuss their research and evaluation of Profile data and how that information can be invaluable for health departments, policymakers, and researchers to better understand funding, workforce, capacity, and other aspects that affect the way services are resourced and delivered by local health departments in their communities, as well as how they compare to health departments of other sizes or in other states.

Jul 30, 2020

In this week’s Podcast from Washington, NACCHO Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the next emergency supplemental coronavirus bill introduced in the Senate. They also discuss the temporary halt to the Trump administration’s public charge rule.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke with Director of the Office of Public Health Legal Affairs for Nassau County Department of Health in NY Gerard “Jerry” Giuliano. They discuss legal protections for health department employees, as well as the legalities of mask mandates. They also discuss the difficulties of contact tracing and the effectiveness of subpoenas. 

Jul 2, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss next week’s NACCHO 360 virtual conference. They also discuss NACCHO’s latest report on the impact of COVID-19 on local health department immunization programs and the next coronavirus emergency response package in Congress.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke with Director for the City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Claudia Riegel and NACCHO’s Director of Environmental Health Dr. Chelsea Gridley-Smith to discuss NACCHO’s vector control during COVID-19 report. Riegel gives a firsthand account of how her team is working to control the mosquito and rodent populations in New Orleans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jun 11, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss NACCHO’s statement on racially driven violence against black Americans. They also discuss how police reform discussions have already started on Capitol Hill.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke with NACCHO’s Emily Yox about NACCHO’s partnership with ESRI and implementation of its COVID-19 dashboard resource. They discuss how the resource was developed and how local health departments can best utilize the online resource.

May 28, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the introduction of the Senate bill “Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act,” introduced by Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). They also discuss the next phase of COVID-19 emergency supplemental bills. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein chatted with Leah Casanave, Supervisor of the STD Prevention and Control Program at Douglas County Health Department, NE and Kat Kelley, NACCHO’s Senior Program Analyst for HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis. They discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on local health department’s HIV, STI and viral hepatitis programs and services.

May 14, 2020

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the next phase of emergency supplemental bills known as HEROES Act. They discuss the inclusion of the “Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act” and other provisions in the bill that will impact public health.

Later in the program, Emily Yox, NACCHO program analyst, talks with author Dr. Paul Offit about his latest work, Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far. They discuss his thoughts on public health, and how COVID-19 will change the public health landscape.

 

Apr 30, 2020

In this week’s Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein speaks with Adriane Casalotti, NACCHO’s Chief of Government and Public Affairs. They discuss ways in which NACCHO is serving local health departments during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the new legislation championed by NACCHO and introduced by Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Michael Burgess (R-TX): the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program. They also discuss NACCHO’s contact tracing position paper.

Later in the program, Ian talks with Lynn Johnson, Assistant Secretary at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and Natalie Grant, Director of the Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response. They discuss how local health departments that provide health services can work with ACF, and the importance of emergency preparedness and a coordinated national response to COVID-19.

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